Our Outreach Priests touch the hearts of parishioners like you with real-life stories of suffering families in the developing world. With your support, we can bless them with life-changing aid and spiritual hope.

Help the poor and their communities around the world.

We work in partnership with church-based ministries and other faith-based organizations, creating an ideal synergy for the greatest impact. Around the world and with your help, we bring food, water, housing, education, support for vulnerable children, health care, agriculture aidmicroenterprise, and disaster relief to the poorest of the poor.

Change Lives Forever


Provides 333 meals for hungry children and
families. That’s just 15 cents per meal!


Can deliver a lifetime of safe drinking water to a family of four.


Can help provide lifesaving medical care for infants in impoverished communities.


Can help sponsor a self-help project, allowing families to break the cycle of poverty.


Will help build a multiroom home for a family in desperate need, changing their lives forever by providing shelter, security and hope!

Our Global Impact

We currently serve the poor in more than 33 countries around the world through partnerships with bishops, priests, and religious and lay workers.

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Our Programs

Since Cross Catholic Outreach’s inception, we have lifted up an entire generation and many communities in more than 85 countries.

Nourishing meals to feed people like children in Peru.

Clean, safe relief for people like Gerayli in Dominican Republic.

Safe homes to shelter people like Odila in Haiti.

Dignified care for people of all ages in the Philippines.

A path out of poverty for kids like Gelana in Ethiopia.

Small business support for people like Jicsagel in Nicaragua.

Tender care and loving homes for children like Santos in Ecuador.

Emergency aid to people like 2021 hurricane survivors in Honduras.

Training farmers to gain financial independence like Noé in Guatemala.

Our History

Cross International Catholic Outreach becomes a 501(c)(3) organization and begins providing safe housing.

The ministry expands into Africa and Southeast Asia.

Cross Catholic Outreach expands it’s ministry in South America

Cross International Catholic Outreach officially changes its name to Cross Catholic Outreach.

Box of Joy begins reaching thousands of poor children at Christmas.

Cross Catholic Outreach celebrates 20 years of blessing the poor.

Our Catholic Identity

Cross Catholic Outreach is overseen by U.S. bishops and supported by local bishops in the developing world.

A group picture with leadership team.
From left to right: Most Rev. Earl K. Fernandes, Diocese of Columbus, OH; Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, Diocese of Allentown, PA; Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archdiocese of San Francisco, CA; Jim Cavnar, CEO, Cross Catholic Outreach; Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO; Michele Sagarino, President, Cross Catholic Outreach; Most Rev. Stephen D. Parkes, Diocese of Savannah, GA; Most Rev. Gerald M. Barbarito, Diocese of Palm Beach, FL; Most Rev. Gerald Vincke, Diocese of Salina, KS; Most Rev. James R. Golka, Diocese of Colorado Springs, CO; Most Rev. Thomas J. Rodi, Archdiocese of Mobile, AL.

Become a Cross Mission Partner Today

Join our monthly giving club and receive this prayer journal, handmade by those we serve in Haiti!

Use it for reflections and notes to grow in your spiritual life. You’ll also receive a prayer request form to mail back so that we can pray for your needs. In effect, this creates a spiritual bridge to connect you to our sisters and brothers in Christ in the developing world!

Cross Mission Partners also receive a semiannual Mission Update with news, insights and information about the good work and accomplishments made possible by your support.

* Every dollar helps us bless the least of our brothers and sisters throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico & Central America and South America.

Join Now and Transform More Lives Through Monthly Giving

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.